Sacred Mountains of Northern Thailand and Their Legends

Sacred Mountains of Northern Thailand and Their Legends


By (author) Donald K. Swearer, By (author) Sommai Premchit, By (author) Phaithoon Dokbuakaew

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  • Publisher: Silkworm Books
  • Format: Paperback | 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 208mm x 13mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 31 January 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Chiang Mai
  • ISBN 10: 9749575482
  • ISBN 13: 9789749575482
  • Illustrations note: 26 illustrations, 13 in colour
  • Sales rank: 1,584,654

Product description

The mountains of northern Thailand inspire fear and awe, respect and love, curiosity and creative imagination. Drawing on the legendary histories of three mountains in the region--Doi Ang Salung Chiang Dao, Doi Suthep, and Doi Kham--this book explores the various ways that mountains in northern Thailand are seen as sacred space, and therefore as an environment to be respected rather than exploited. The volume presents, in English translation, the stories associated with these sacred sites as recorded in the legendary chronicles, or tamnan, of the region. Here is the legend of the Buddha's visit to northern Thailand, the story of the Chiang Dao mountain and cave, the account of the enshrining of the Buddha relic on Doi Suthep, and the interwoven legends of the hermit Wasuthep, the demons Pu Sae and Ya Sae, the chief Wilangkha, and the queen Chamathewi.

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Author information

Donald K. Swearer is the Charles and Harriet Cox McDowell Professor of Religion at Swarthmore College. Sommai Premchit is a consutant to the Social Research Institute, Chiang Mai University, and professor of sociology and anthropology at the Mahamkut Buddhist University, Lanna. Phaithoon Dokbuakaew is a researcher at the Social Research Institute, Chiang Mai University.